On December 19, 2022, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Sovereignty of France, accompanied by Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, in Abidjan, during a visit to the Ivory Coast capital, of the French Ministers. A groundbreaking ceremony was held.
Five years ago, on November 30th, 2017, Emmanuel Macron and Alassane Ouattara set about building the 37 km long Metro Line 1 connecting Anyama and Port Bouet in Abidjan.
The Abidjan metro, which was to be completed by 2021 at the latest by French President Emmanuel Macron and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara in 2017, has yet to materialize after five years of waiting. Since then, infrastructure costs have continued to rise.
In fact, the work should have started in 2020 and entered operation in 2024. In this grey area, structural, technical and financial difficulties are characterized by the liberation of the population affected by the implementation of the project, and bills for the Abidjan Metro are skyrocketing.
For Côte d’Ivoire’s leadership, this win-win project is a crucial axis of the President of the Republic’s Vision 2030 programme, which aims to double the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita by 2030.
Bouygues work Publics is building the infrastructure and Alstom is developing the rolling stock (20 trains of 5 cars). Colas Rail will be responsible for railways, electrification (overhead lines and substations), ticketing and part of the low-voltage current, and participate in system integration. Keolis will eventually take over the operation and maintenance of Abidjan’s metro network.